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The early recognition of dementia in the elderly
 — a preliminary communication about a longitudinal study using the GMS-AGECAT package (community version)
Author(s)J R M Copeland, C McWilliam, M E Dewey
Journal titleInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol 1, no 1, July 1986
Pagespp 63-70
KeywordsDementia ; Evaluation.
AnnotationA random community sample of 1070 subjects aged over 65 was interviewed by trained non-medical interviewers using the Geriatric Mental State, community version (GMSA). A sub-sample of 126 subjects was selected so as to contain possible early cases of dementia, pseudo-dementia, and normal subjects; and re-interviewed, a mean 1 year and 23 weeks later, by a group of psychiatrists in training. The computer diagnosis AGECAT, based on GMSA applied by non-medical raters, had predicted at initial interview, nine out of twelve cases of dementia at follow-up and five out of nine borderline cases. An Organic/Depression Index may prove useful in predicting which of those cases with early organic levels will eventually develop dementia, depression or recover. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-930527173
ClassmarkEA: 4C

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